Significance

Muscat University recognises that many Omani students and some international students seeking to take an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme will require a Foundation or Pre-Master’s Programme to help prepare them for their studies. This is particularly the case if those students have not previously studied in an English medium university or if the main subject of their proposed degree is in an academic area that is new to them. 

The University’s Pathway Programmes help students attain the prescribed student learning outcomes in the following areas: English for academic purposes, mathematics, computing, general study skills and/ or research skills. 

The University’s Pathway Programmes prepare students for a range of subsequent degree programme options. While the programmes have a clear basic structure, they will be adapted in accordance with the learning needs of individual students. Satisfactory completion of the Pathway Programmes is dependent on the student meeting all the required learning outcomes. Therefore, the duration of the programme for any individual student will not be fixed in advance but will depend on the student’s status at the start of the programme and on his or her progress.

Admission Requirements

General Foundation Programme (GFP)

Before entry to the Muscat University GFP, students are normally required to have completed high school education or equivalent in Oman or in their own country. Evidence of completion in the form of a school-leaving certificate is expected to be enclosed with the enrolment form. Students must normally have a minimum English language proficiency level equivalent to IELTS 4.5 for entry to the GFP prior to joining the programme. Muscat University will assess the language proficiency of all students on arrival to facilitate class placement and appropriate tuition. Students will need to be approved by the Ministry of Education before their acceptance is confirmed by Muscat University.

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Completion of HSC: GPA 3.00 or grade B with no less than 55 % in any subject

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Pre-Master’s Programme (PMP)

Students wishing to be considered for direct entry to Muscat University’s postgraduate programmes will normally be required to have satisfactorily completed an English-medium undergraduate degree from a recognized university at second class honours level or above or at a level recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. Some programmes may accept applications from graduates holding a lower second class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants with relevant equivalent professional experience will also be considered for taught postgraduate degree programmes.

Unless a student is exempted from the PMP by virtue of the fact that they have already met all the admission requirements for the postgraduate degree programme concerned, all applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English through a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (except for the MSc in Air Transport Management where a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required) . Otherwise, applicants will be expected to take the PMP for the period necessary for them to achieve the required IELTS score or its equivalent. For example, students with an initial score equivalent to IELTS 5.5 will be required to take all four stages of the PMP while those with an initial score of 6.0 will be required to take only the last two stages (although it would undoubtedly be beneficial for them to take all four stages).

In addition, certain applicants may be required to take all or part of the PMP even if they can demonstrate an initial minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. This is because such students may require additional subject-specific language skills in order to be ready to take a postgraduate degree programme in their chosen subject area.
Evidence of completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree programme is expected to be enclosed with the enrolment form. Students must normally have a minimum English language proficiency level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 for entry to the PMP. Muscat University will assess the language proficiency of all students on arrival to facilitate class placement and appropriate tuition.

  • Original documents for proof of identity
  • Original academic qualifications

Registration Documents

All students must apply for registration within the dates specified in the academic calendar. Muscat University staff will need to sight original documents for proof of identity and the academic qualifications on which the student’s application for admission are based. Inquiries regarding registration should be directed to the Registrar’s office.

Admission Assessment Test

General Foundation Programme (GFP)

All students will take a GFP entrance assessment to determine whether they have already met the required GFP learning outcomes. If a student has already met the required learning outcomes for the English, Mathematics or Computing component of the GFP, they will not be required to take that component of the GFP. If a student satisfies the standards for all three components (English, Mathematics and Computing) during entry testing, they will be awarded the certificate of attainment for the entire GFP. For example, for the English component, an IELTS score of at least 6.0 (with none of the four areas of writing, speaking, listening and reading below 5.5) or a TOEFL score of at least 525 may, subject to agreement between Muscat University and its international partners, be deemed equivalent to passing the standards applicable to that component.
In line with the OAAA prescribed standards, the Study Skills standards will not be subject to pre-entry testing. This is because effective assessment of study skills involves methods other than a test or examination. Therefore, the Study Skills component of a GFP will be required only if a student is taking any of the English, Mathematics or Computing components.

Pre-Master’s Programme (PMP)

All students will take a PMP entrance assessment to determine whether they have already met the required PMP learning outcomes. If a student has already met the required learning outcomes, including possession of an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, they may, subject to agreement between Muscat University and any relevant international partner, be deemed equivalent to passing the standards applicable to that component.In line with the OAAA prescribed standards, the Study Skills standards will not be subject to pre-entry testing. This is because effective assessment of study skills involves methods other than a test or examination. Therefore, the Study Skills component of a GFP will be required only if a student is taking any of the English, Mathematics or Computing components.

Programme Fees

OMANI STUDENTS

RO 3,900

(USD 10,000)

One Year

Foundation Programme

OR

Pre-Master's Programme

2016/17 Academic Year

NON-OMANI STUDENTS

RO 4,300

(USD 11,000)

One Year

Foundation Programme

OR

Pre-Master's Programme

2016/17 Academic Year